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Logitech® Harmony® Link

Control your A/V system with an iPad®, iPod touch®, iPhone®, or Android™ smartphone

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by Ralph Graves
Logitech

Total control from your favorite device

How many times have you had to search for a missing remote? What if you could just take your smartphone out of your pocket and use it to control your system? Well, with the Logitech Harmony Link, now you can.

The Link turns your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android smartphone into a universal remote for your home entertainment system. It begins with the free app you download to your device from either the iTunes or Android app store. With it, you can send commands wirelessly to the Harmony Link, which translates the commands into infrared (IR) signals that your A/V gear can understand.

On screen controls

You'll see a virtual control panel on your device. Operate your gear, adjust volume, and more by simply touching the screen. The Link lets you control up to eight devices, and with over 5,000 brands supported, there's a good chance Harmony's data base has the commands for your gear.


harmony Link schematic

One-touch commands

Just like Harmony's popular and easy-to-use line of remote controls, the Harmony Link app lets you select an activity, such as "watch a movie," or "listen to music." The Link will turn on or off the various components necessary and switch them to the proper settings — all you have to do is touch an icon on your device's screen.


Harmony Link with iPad

With an iPad, you can do even more

Use an iPad? The version of the app you'll download gives you another advantage. A personalized grid of TV listings will appear that lets you search for new shows without interrupting the program you're watching.

When you've made your decision, you can select the program you want to watch right from the listings. With one touch your iPad sends the commands to turn on your system and set the TV to the proper channel.


Control components behind cabinet doors

Control components behind cabinet doors
Included with the Harmony Link is a mini IR blaster. If your system's components are stored in a cabinet or a closet, the blaster can relay commands to them.

From the review Logitech Harmony Link: Finally, the missing Link

"If you've adapted to the smartphone lifestyle, and if you've got an A/V system that uses several remotes, the Harmony Link is easily worth the price of admission. Even more so if you're an iPad owner."


— Jim Ralston, Crutchfield Managing Editor

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Highlights:

  • compatible with iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, and Android smartphones
  • personalized TV programming grid (for iPad only)
  • requires free downloadable app from iTunes App Store or Android App Store
  • Harmony Link Wi-Fi® wireless receiver
  • controls up to 8 components
  • IR mini blaster
  • USB cable for software updates
  • requires home Wi-Fi wireless network
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer requirements for initial setup:
    Windows®
    • Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
    • USB port
    MacIntosh®
    • OS® X 10.4.8 or later
    • USB port

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    • Harmony Link
    • AC adapter (with attached 6' DC cord)
    • 26" USB cable (with a mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a USB type-A connector on other end)
    • IR mini blaster (with attached 8' cable terminated by a male 2.5mm connector)
    • "Getting Started" booklet (Eng/Fre/Por/Spa)
    • Addendum (Eng/Fre/Por/Spa)

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    Features

    Overview: The Logitech Harmony Link allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to control your home entertainment system. Using the FREE Harmony Link app (available from iTunes or Android Marketplace), your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone becomes a full-featured remote control that can launch activities & control A/V components with a single touch. Your Apple or Android mobile device communicates with the Logitech Harmony Link using your wireless (Wi-Fi) network, and then sends infrared (IR) signals to your A/V component to turn them On/Off, set their inputs, change volume, & perform other functions you require.

    Simple Online Setup: Initially, The Logitech Harmony Link must be connected to your computer via the included USB cable to setup your MyHarmony.com account, add your controllable A/V devices, and connect to your wireless (Wi-Fi) network.

    Free Harmony Link App: The Logitech Harmony Link requires the FREE Harmony Link App (from iTunes or Android Market) to be downloaded to your Apple device or Android smartphone. The Harmony Link app allows you to use your Apple or Android mobile device to control up to 8 of your A/V components.

    8 Controllable Devices: Using the Logitech Harmony Link & FREE app, your Apple device or Android smartphone can control up to 8 devices from over 5,000+ A/V components; with more added every day - so you can be sure you'll have control over what you own today & tomorrow.

    Wireless Communication: The Logitech Harmony Link communicates with the FREE Harmony Link App & your Apple or Android mobile device using your home's wireless (Wi-Fi) network via 2.4GHz frequency. The Logitech Harmony Link turns the Wi-Fi network commands from your Apple or Android mobile device (with the FREE app installed) into infrared commands that can control your TV, cable/Sat box, Blu-ray/DVD player, A/V receiver, & many other home entertainment components.

    Note: The Harmony Link even includes an IR mini blaster that allows it to send IR signals through closed cabinet doors. The unit features 2 IR blasters ports (2.5mm), but only comes with 1 IR mini blaster.

    One Touch Control: With activity based-control, one touch automatically turns on the right devices & selects the appropriate input settings depending on what you want to do; like "Watch a Movie" or "Listen to Music".

    Swipe Control: You can use simple swipes & taps of your Apple device's or Android smartphone's touchscreen to control volume, video playback, and more without taking your eyes off whatever you are watching on the TV.

    TV Guide Service (iPad only): The Harmony Link app allows you to see and browse your television schedule on your Apple iPad. First, tell the Harmony Link app on your iPad your location & TV service provider and the online TV channel guide will then help you find something good to watch. If you see something you like, one press of the "Watch Now" button will turn on and configure all of your devices, and then tune directly to the right TV channel.

    System Requirements: Your computer & network will need to meet the following system requirements to use the Logitech Harmony Link.

    System Requirements Windows Mac
    Operating System (OS) XP, Vista, & 7 OS X 10.4.8 or later
    Internet Broadband Internet Connection
    Wireless Network Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (supports WPA Personal, WPA2-AES, & 64/128-bit WEP encryption)
    Port Type USB Port
     
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    4 out of 5

    iPad app is unusable, but otherwise very nice

    Written By cheffromage, Cleveland Ohio on Sunday, July 08, 2012
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    It's a nice device that connected seamlessly with my wifi and which I can control easily using the Harmony Link app on my iPhone. It does what I needed, which is control my components from another part of the house.

    I've used Logitech Harmony remotes and the associated software before. That software gets the job done but it takes too long to load, doesn't flow \, and takes way too many clicks. The software to set up the Harmony Link is no improvement, and is probably a step backward. For example, there is no way to add specific commands to an Activity. If I want my receiver to switch to Mute when I start an Activity, I could program my old Harmony remote to do this. It was a pain to do, but it could be done. With the Harmony Link there is no way to accomplish this.

    Also, if you plan to use this with the iPad app, be prepared to be disappointed. The iPad app presents only the basic volume and channel up/down. Everything else relies on the flashy display you see in the product listing that shows pictures of all your TV shows. For this to happen, you tell the app your zip code and then you select from a list of service providers. Unfortunately, it doesn't recognize my zip code or any neighboring zip codes and my service provider is not presented. So for me, the iPad app has no program guide. Searching through the support online, I found that I wasn't the only purchaser with this problem.
    Pros:
    Controls devices from another room as promised. iPhone app works well.
    Cons:
    iPad app is unusable. Setup software is clunky and offers no customization of functions. Online help is useless.
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    4 out of 5

    Fantastic if you only want one

    Written By Will, San Jose, CA on Saturday, June 09, 2012
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    This is a terrific piece of technology once it's set up. It is exactly what I wanted for my family room. I paired this with the Playstation3 Bluetooth adapter and it all works seamlessly. This replaces the HarmonyOne remote I've been using for a few years which I always found frustrating to use. Even with the software cons below I still rate this well since Logitech can easily fix them with a simple App and account management software update.
    Pros:
    Small, easy to conceal, connects to multiple iPhone, iPad devices
    Cons:
    All software related, no hardware cons. Logitech's web-based setup for this device is terrible, even worse than the Harmony remote downloadable software. Still no ability to customize buttons on the iPad app, but can on the phone app. You can only connect one Logitech device per account. Why is this really dumb? If you want to buy a second Link for another part of your house you have to 'log out' of that room in the app and 'log in' to the other room.
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    4 out of 5

    after setup, no problems

    Written By Charlie, Colorado on Tuesday, June 05, 2012
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    during the setup I had a server error that caused me to restart the process, but after that it worked fine. I've had no problems with the harmony link or the app for the phone. I hope future versions allow more customization of the app, specifically around the size of the buttons.
    Pros:
    ease of use and setup
    Cons:
    app on iphone could be more customizable on the computer.
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    5 out of 5

    Exactly what I needed

    Written By Orlando Joe, Florida on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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    My need for this device might be different than others, but after reading the reviews I was not optimistic it would work. Luckily, I was rewarded for my loyalty in Logitech. I needed to control my cable box, and other video components, from another room; 2 concrete walls away. By being able to utilize my wifi instead of repeaters that don't work and signal boosters that wasted my time and money, this device was a complete success. I read many reviews knocking the device, but from my seat it does everything it says it does. It had way more controls than I thought it would have and they work seamlessly.
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    3 out of 5

    Took more work than I expected

    Written By MikeC, Portland, OR on Wednesday, March 07, 2012
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    I'm a huge fan of logictech remotes and own 5 of them. The setup on this is completely different and the user manual they give you is worthless. I wanted to put the door back on my cabinet and still be able to control everything. They have virtually no instructions on how to use the mini-ir blasters and I spent too much time on the phone with the clueless logitech support (Should have called critchfield). I finally figured it out on my own by searching the logitech user forums. They could have made this so much easier for me and everyone else with this type of setup. I had to but the main link inside the cabinet and run the ir blaster out to my tv. Now I can control everything like I want. The only bad thing is that my itouch randomly looses it's connection to the link and I have to re-type the password. That's usually not a problem unless you are trying to adjust the volume or pause a movie. The itouch is not the most ideal for a remote and am planning to get an ipad.
    Pros:
    Works as advertised. The stereo cabinet is now closed and my components are not collecting as much dust. I can control everything from anywhere in the house.
    Cons:
    Setup was difficult and the users manual worthless.
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    1 out of 5

    Wasted 3 hours of my time

    Written By Chris, Memphis, TN on Thursday, February 23, 2012
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    After reading the online reviews, I heard a fair amount of people saying they they experienced trouble making it work with various components. I figured I would try it anyway. Colossal waste of time. I tried Logitech tech support, (did not try Crutchfield) read and tried multiple times to make it work. After three hours of trying I determined this item isn't worth working this hard to make work. Do Not Recommend!
    Pros:
    Nice packaging
    Cons:
    Doesn't easily work - or in my case, didn't work at all
    1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Harmon Link with iPhone 4S and iPad.

    Written By EdG, Indianapolis, IN on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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    My experience with the Link was better than db from Louisville. It was easier and much faster to set up than my 1100 and 880 were. However, the ease comes with less flexibility in button mapping. I was happy to be able to include my Roku streamer with this controller where I haven't been able to with my other two remotes. I had a little trouble with the plug on my unit; but without hesitation customer service sent me a complete new unit.

    It works well with both my iPhone and my iPad. The TV guide feature on the iPad is strange and a little lacking (IMHO).
    Pros:
    Easy and quick to set up for me. Works well with my iPad and iPhone. Can control my Roku streamer.
    Cons:
    Less flexible than my other controllers. The guide feature in the iPad is pretty weak. Logitech insists on having a separate database for each remote. I would like one login and it would be nice to enter my home theater components only one time.
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    3 out of 5

    Harmony Link with iPhone 4 iOS5

    Written By db, Louisville, KY on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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    The concept of using your iPhone as a universal remote is awesome. And the online database of devices is comprehensive. Ultimately, I am very satisfied with how the remote 'finally' works. The process of getting the system to all work together has not been satisfactory. After following the initial instructions that came with the system and online, I was able to get the remote to do most of the key instructions without help. Then, getting tech support to help involved long hold time on the phone and when they finally did provide help it still did not fix the problem entirely. With additional priority 'level 2' support we were able to determine that the position of the sending unit is very sensitive and that is why one tech could not get all commands to work and the next had different problems - I moved the unit hoping to improve performance. Thanks to tech support for persisting and finally getting it to work (for now). Also, if you need to control any blue-tooth devices like the Wii or PS-3, you can purchase a converter for those units - but it will not work without.
    Pros:
    Very large database of devices that it will control. Easy to use when set up and positioned correctly
    Cons:
    Several controls are not intuitive at first and the system setup can be very time consuming. Tech support - while helpful, should not be required to set up a remote. And they are only available during normal work hours (eastern time) and on Sunday.
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